EAT members Ksenija Bunjak and Mladen Pesic have been invited to give a lecture “Serbian Village Atlas – Possibilities of creating Eco-Village Network” at the EAAE Rurlality Network Workshop that will take place April 8–12th in Fribourg, Switzerland. 

The Republic of Serbia is a developing country where single-family houses make up the largest percentage of the built environment. Half of the Serbian population lives in the rural and suburban areas. Economic conditions are rather poor in its rural areas, and the consumption of energy is still high. Although Serbia possesses significant natural advantages, the level of utilization of renewable energy sources is very low, and awareness of energy saving is rather negligible, primarily in rural areas.

photos by Ksenija Bunjak and Ksenija Bulatovic

Following this information and having in mind the importance of rural areas and traditional architecture mentioned before, we have started a large research of the villages in the Republic of Serbia, in order to create the Serbian Village Atlas. The aim is to define villages with the same local characteristics, to describe and evaluate them, to define development opportunities and to provide possible solutions in the context of present problems in rural areas. Serbian Village Atlas should make a step towards wider sustainable development and climate change adaptation. It should also balance between basic users’ needs, traditional principles, new design and technology principles, aesthetic and ethical values, etc. and combined them in an understandable and acceptable way from the users’ viewpoint. The primary use of the Atlas should be forming a database for future researches on various subjects regarding villages and rural areas in Serbia.

Although eco villages have some similarities with traditional villages, it should be clear that eco villages are a mostly post-industrial and more likely even post-agricultural phenomenon. With this specific typology of settlements we are not going backward to previous period or way of life. It is quite the opposite – we are just learning the lessons from the past while building possible sustainable strategy for the future. Having this in mind, we are proposing to implement eco-villages principles in reviving Serbian villages and redeveloping rural space. Therefore, the special part of the Serbian Village Atlas project is the assessment of the villages in the context of eco-villages. Based on this element of the Atlas it is possible to identify villages with the biggest potential in becoming eco-villages, to map them, to compare them and to predict the most appropriate future networking between them. The Serbian Village Atlas project represents the core database for further research in this area.

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  1. I am so excited! So happy I had the chncae to join! I live in a very, very rural area with no opportunities to get green products! I want to use more green products, but would like the opportunity to try before I buy due to the cost of green products. I am so excited for my box!

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